Trust lodges Objection to St Michael’s Plans (February 2012)

St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport

The St Michael's Trading Estate

The BADT has lodged an objection to the recently published Outline planning application from Hayward & Co. for the St Michael’s Trading Estate.

The proposals are for a mixed development including 105 residential units, fewer than the number proposed in the unsuccessful applications submitted jointly with West Dorset District Council in 2008-9, but still higher than the Local Plan figure of 80.  The Development Trust considers that the scale of housing development is “wholly inappropriate” and will have “an adverse impact on the historic character, townscape and use of the conservation area”.

The Trust’s letter concludes that “the proposals are speculative and will result in the loss of occupied employment floorspace as well as existing jobs.  Emerging enterprises which are making an important contribution to economic and employment growth in Bridport will be put at risk and the loss of the historic fabric of this area which makes an important contribution to the character and heritage of Bridport will be irreparable.”

Download BADT objection letter (Feb.2012) (pdf)